Busy Bees Day Nursery at St Andrew’s Ridge

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About Busy Bees Day Nursery at St Andrew’s Ridge

Name Busy Bees Day Nursery at St Andrew’s Ridge
Ofsted Inspections
Address Highdown Way, St Andrews Ridge, Swindon, SN25 4FD
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Swindon
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is good

Children of all ages show they feel safe and secure in this welcoming nursery.

They confidently invite staff into their play, talk to them and share their ideas. Children are confident to ask staff for help, for example when they want a white board but cannot reach it. Younger children know the staff are there for reassurance and a cuddle when needed.

Staff are quick to respond to the children, showing them respect and interest in what they are doing. Children form friendships and play together cooperatively.Staff have high expectations of the children.

Older children have formed a 'pre-school committee' and t...ogether they decide how to organise their playroom. They choose to create a 'Chinese restaurant' in the home corner, picking out the resources they need to enhance their imaginations. This boosts their confidence and self-esteem and means they are ready and willing to learn.

Young children learn to use knives and forks when playing with play dough, to prepare them for their move to the pre-school room. The centre director provides a broad and balanced curriculum that helps children gain the knowledge and skills they need as they move through the nursery in readiness for their eventual move to school.Partnerships with parents are positive.

Parents report that their children are excited to attend nursery and play with their friends. They appreciate the support they receive with potty training and establishing sleep routines with their children. Parents receive regular updates about their children's development, and ideas about how they can support this at home.

What does the early years setting do well and what does it need to do better?

Staff know the children's interests and abilities and what they need to learn next. Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities and those who speak English as an additional language have their individual needs supported extremely effectively. Staff liaise with professionals and parents to ensure consistency between home and nursery.

Additional funding is used well to help close any gaps in learning. As a result, children make the best possible progress from their starting points.Children's behaviour is exemplary.

They are happy and confident and form good friendships. Staff place a strong emphasis on helping children learn to talk about their emotions. Older children are learning to regulate their feelings and acknowledge the impact of their actions on others.

Staff are good role models and help younger children learn to share and take turns.Children develop high levels of independence. Young children help themselves to water from the 'drink station' and clean their hands and blow their noses at the 'independent station'.

Older children clear their plates and cups, clean tables and put their belongings on their own coat peg.Children have plenty of opportunities to play outside in the fresh air. They build dens and balance on beams, run around, and negotiate space when riding tricycles.

This supports children's physical development well.Staff support children's communication and language well. Staff provide a narrative and repeat language with young children, to reinforce new vocabulary.

Older children are confident speakers and readily engage in conversations. However, at times, the more confident children are not encouraged to listen to the views and ideas of quieter children.Young children enjoy various activities to support their literacy development.

Young children make marks in sand and develop their scissor skills, and older children use pens and manipulate various materials to strengthen their hand muscles. Children develop a love of books. Older children confidently recall what happens in the story, consolidating what they have learned.

Children learn about the differences and similarities between themselves and others, and their uniqueness. They talk about how families are different, and learn about the traditions that others celebrate and the various dwellings that people live in.Staff report that they feel very supported by the management team.

They attend training, implement new ideas into their practice and reflect on the impact this has on children's development. However, staff have not identified the learning opportunities that they miss for the younger children when they are waiting too long for their lunch and become bored and restless.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

The centre director and staff have a sound knowledge of child protection and wider safeguarding issues. They know who to contact if worried about a child's welfare or the conduct of a colleague. Effective recruitment procedures help to ensure that staff are suitable to work with children.

The nursery is safe and secure, and children play in safety. Children learn how to manage risks, using 'Safety Buzz' to remind them how to keep safe in the sun, for example.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should: help more confident children learn to take turns in conversation so that the quieter children are more involved in group discussions train staff to utilise routines more effectively to support and extend children's learning even further.

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